The Nature of Fragile Things

Written by:
Susan Meissner

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2021
10 hours 39 minutes
April 18, 1906: A massive earthquake rocks San Francisco just before daybreak, igniting a devouring inferno. Lives are lost, lives are shattered, but some rise from the ashes forever changed.

Sophie Whalen is a young Irish immigrant so desperate to get out of a New York tenement that she answers a mail-order bride ad and agrees to marry a man she knows nothing about. San Francisco widower Martin Hocking proves to be as aloof as he is mesmerizingly handsome. Sophie quickly develops deep affection for Kat, Martin's silent five-year-old daughter, but Martin's odd behavior leaves her with the uneasy feeling that something about her newfound situation isn't right.

Then one early-spring evening, a stranger at the door sets in motion a transforming chain of events. Sophie discovers hidden ties to two other women. The first, pretty and pregnant, is standing on her doorstep. The second is hundreds of miles away in the American Southwest, grieving the loss of everything she once loved.

The fates of these three women intertwine on the eve of the devastating earthquake, thrusting them onto a perilous journey that will test their resiliency and resolve and, ultimately, their belief that love can overcome fear.

From the acclaimed author of The Last Year of the War and As Bright as Heaven comes a gripping novel about the bonds of friendship and mother love, and the power of female solidarity.
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Very interesting. I enjoyed it a lot .

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Susan F.

Love the book, narrator made it come to life.

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I liked the story but was very bothered by the fact that the reader didn’t have a good Irish accent and the main character is from Ireland. She also didn’t sound like the age of the girl. I really wonder why she was chosen to read this book.. I also felt she didn’t change her voice for other characters. I’m sorry to say I wouldn’t listen to another book read by her.

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